MMDA considering fees for private vehicles that will use EDSA
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recently scrapped the modified odd-even scheme, but it is now studying “congestion pricing” that requires private motorist to pay a fee when passing through EDSA.
In a report by Inquirer.net, MMDA officer in charge and general manager Tim Orbos told reporters that a study is being conducted with the help of the government of Singapore, where “congestion pricing” has been in effect since 1975. The system has resulted in an “almost immediate 45-percent reduction in traffic and a 25-percent decline in vehicle crashes” in the said country.
The system will work somewhat similar to the e-pass scheme being implemented on expressways but without the toll gates. Instead, the government will keep track of motorists through state-of-the-art cameras set up on gantries.
“I think this is something we have to look at. I’m not saying we will already do it but we have to study it,” said Orbos.
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